Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

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Shawnee Mission Health will cut the ribbon on its new cancer center this afternoon.
Shawnee Mission Health will cut the ribbon on its new cancer center this afternoon.

Pitch jabs Mission Gateway for lack of locally owned tenants. A story on Tuesday took a shot at developer Tom Valenti and the Cameron Group LLC for piecing together a tenant list for the as-of-yet-unbuilt Mission Gateway project that is “about to get even less surprising – and less locally owned.” “Mission Gateway remains at a standstill because Valenti can’t find a tenant that wants to be above a Wal-Mart,” writes reporter Steve Vockrodt. “So the city’s biggest development, which would be supported by $37 million in taxpayer help, remains stalled because of the way Valenti decided to design his project.” [Mission Gateway is about to become even less interesting — The Pitch] See our story from last week on the latest tenant list here.

SMEF awards grants to 3 NEJC educators. An Indian Hills teacher and two Horizons Academy teachers were among the recipients of the 2014 Excellence in Education Grants presented by the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Monday. Bill Goodson was awarded a grant for his proposal, “Pen for One, Pen for All,” which will help teach Indian Hills students how to use a wood lathe to make pens, which will be donated to the Freedom Pen Project for troops stationed oversees or to the school store. Horizon Academy staff members Molli Anderson and April Beffer received a grant for their project proposal, “Pathways to Success,” which will allow for new after school programming for at-risk youth attending the alternative high school. SMEF made grants totaling $20,650 to educators at seven Shawnee Mission Schools.

Fairway hosting public forum on proposed sales tax tonight. Fairway will hold the first of two community forums on its proposed 1/2 percent sales tax tonight at City Hall at 7 p.m. From the city: “Registered voters in Fairway will have the opportunity to cast their vote on a proposal for the City to issue bonds, paid for by the collection of an additional 1/2 percent sales tax, to fund the construction of a new Public Works Facility and Parks & Recreation Capital Improvements consistent with the Master Plan, including but not limited to, construction of a new bath house and improvements to the City Swimming Pool.” A second forum will be held April 24.

Prairie Village wins budget award. The city of Prairie Village has received recognition for its 2014 budget. Prairie Village earned the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. “In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation,” reads a release from the city. “These guidelines are designed to assess how well a City’s budget serves as: a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.” [City of Prairie Village receives top budget award — Prairie Village]

Shawnee Mission Health to cut ribbon on new cancer center. Shawnee Mission Health this afternoon will hold an official ribbon cutting for a new cancer center on its main campus in Merriam. The center will offer cancer treatment services including medical oncology, radiation oncology, infusion therapies and other on-site integrative treatments and cancer support services. It will also have a PET/CT scanner.

Lancers lose close lax game to Rockhurst. The chill in the air and soggy conditions that led to the postponement of the SM East-Rockhurst lacrosse game Monday appear to have put a slight damper on the team’s momentum. SM East lost 9-10 to the second-ranked Hawklets on the campus of Rockhurst University on the Lancers’ Senior Night Tuesday. SM East will look to rebound Thursday when the travel to Olathe to take on Olathe East.

SM East baseball gets back on track with win over Olathe North. SM East’s baseball team ended a two-game skid with a 6-1 win over Olathe North Tuesday. The victory puts the Lancers at 6-2 on the season, still among the top three teams in the Sunflower League. Quinn Appletoft had three RBI for the Lancers, and Joey Wentz hit a homerun. Pitcher Max Sanborn had the win for the Lancers and Trey Austin recorded the save.